Sponsor: Senator Fran Pavley (D)
Summary: Establishes the Educator Excellence Program under the administration of the Student Aid Commission. Provides that in the academic years in which the study is completed by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, in consultation with the Department of Education, the Superintendent may develop priority areas for Educator Excellence Program awards, on or before January 1 of that academic year.
Requires the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, in consultation with the Department of Education, conduct a thorough study at least every three years, as determined by the Superintendent, to determine priority areas for Educator Excellence Program loan assumption agreements. Requires the study identify areas of greatest need and award Educator Excellence Program loan assumption agreements based on specific criteria. Requires the Superintendent convene a working group at least every three years to establish priorities, based on the most current study completed by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Educator Excellence Program awards may be authorized consistent with the program goals, targeting high-need, low-performing schools and districts in accordance with current Assumption Program of Loans for Education program regulations and governing federal law and regulations.
Amendment #1 (4/3/2014): http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1251-1300/sb_1264_bill_20140402_amended_sen_v98.pdf
As introduced: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/13-14/bill/sen/sb_1251-1300/sb_1264_bill_20140221_introduced.pdf
Status: Introduced 2/21/2014. Referred to Senate Committee on Education 3/6/2014. Hearing postponed 4/2/2014. Amended 4/3/2014. Hearing held 4/9/2014.
Outlook: The Senate Committee on Education received testimony during their April 9 hearing, but did not take action on this measure. Registering in favor of the measure were representatives of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. No opposition to the measure has been registered with the committee.
This measure was withdrawn by the sponsor, amended and re-referred to the Senate Committee on Education. The author's amendment establishes the Educator Excellence Program under the administration of the Student Aid Commission.
The Senate Committee on Higher Education is chaired by Senator Carol Liu (D). The sponsor is not a member of the committee of referral. Committees are not required to consider every measure referred to them. Per Joint Rule 61 (b)(6), the committee has by May 9 to act on this measure.
The sponsor is a member of the majority party but has not garnered the support of any cosponsors. The Democratic Party controls both legislative chambers as well as the Office of Governor.
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